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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522805/nitric-oxide-donor-protects-against-acetic-acid-induced-gastric-ulcer-in-rats-via-s-nitrosylation-of-trpv1-on-vagus-nerve
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Ting Han, Yan Tang, Jing Li, Bing Xue, Liping Gong, Jingxin Li, Xiao Yu, Chuanyong Liu
This study was conducted to investigate the effects of nitric oxide (NO) in acetic acid-induced gastric ulcer of rats and the underlying mechanisms. We found that peritoneal injection of sodium nitroprusside (SNP), a NO donor, decreased the ulcer area, inflammatory cell infiltration and MPO degree in acetic acid-induced gastric ulcer in rats. This effect was abolished by a transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) antagonist or prior subdiaphragmatic vagotomy. SNP increased the jejunal mesenteric afferent discharge in a dose-depended manner, which was largely diminished by pretreatment of S-nitrosylation blocker N-ethylmaleimide, TRPV1 antagonist capsazepine, genetic deletion of TRPV1, or vagotomy...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521136/dopamine-depletion-impairs-bilateral-sensory-processing-in-the-striatum-in-a-pathway-dependent-manner
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M Ketzef, G Spigolon, Y Johansson, A Bonito-Oliva, G Fisone, G Silberberg
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a movement disorder caused by the loss of dopaminergic innervation, particularly to the striatum. PD patients often exhibit sensory impairments, yet the underlying network mechanisms are unknown. Here we examined how dopamine (DA) depletion affects sensory processing in the mouse striatum. We used the optopatcher for online identification of direct and indirect pathway projection neurons (MSNs) during in vivo whole-cell recordings. In control mice, MSNs encoded the laterality of sensory inputs with larger and earlier responses to contralateral than ipsilateral whisker deflection...
May 17, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515053/berberine-reduced-blood-pressure-and-improved-vasodilation-in-diabetic-rats
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Yu-Guang Ma, Liang Liang, Yin-Bin Zhang, Bao-Feng Wang, Yun-Gang Bai, Zhi-Jun Dai, Man-Jiang Xie, Zhong-Wei Wang
Hyperglycemia and hypertension are considered to be the two leading risk factors for vascular disease in diabetic patients. However, few pharmacologic agents could provide a combinational therapy for controlling hyperglycemia and hypertension at the same time in diabetes. We aimed to investigate whether berberine treatment could directly reduce blood pressure in diabetes and what is the molecular mechanism underlying the vascular protection of berberine in diabetic rats. Berberine (50, 100, and 200 mg/kg/day) was intragastrically administered to diabetic rats for 8 weeks since the injection of streptozotocin...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513236/enhanced-gap-junctional-channel-activity-between-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-cerebral-artery-of-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Li-Jie Wang, Ke-Tao Ma, Wen-Yan Shi, Ying-Zi Wang, Lei Zhao, Xin-Yan Chen, Xin-Zhi Li, Xue-Wei Jiang, Zhong-Shuang Zhang, Li Li, Jun-Qiang Si
The aim of the present study is to investigate the effects of hypertension on the gap junctions between vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in the cerebral arteries (CAs) of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). The functions of gap junctions in the CAs of VSMCs in SHRs and control normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were studied using whole-cell patch clamp recordings and pressure myography, and the expression levels of connexins were analyzed using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Western blot analyses...
May 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511870/atp-sensitive-k-channels-maintain-resting-membrane-potential-in-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-from-the-mouse-colon
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Ji Sun Na, Chansik Hong, Man Woo Kim, Chan Guk Park, Hyun Goo Kang, Mei Jin Wu, Han Yi Jiao, Seok Choi, Jae Yeoul Jun
To investigate the role of ATP-sensitive K(+) (KATP) channels on pacemaker activity in interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC), whole-cell patch clamping, RT-PCR, and intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) imaging were performed in cultured colonic ICC. Pinacidil (a K(+) channel opener) hyperpolarized the membrane and inhibited the generation of pacemaker potential, and this effect was reversed by glibenclamide (a KATP channel blocker). RT-PCR showed that Kir 6.1 and SUR2B were expressed in Ano-1 positive colonic ICC. Glibenclamide depolarized the membrane and increased pacemaker potential frequency...
May 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507520/in-vitro-and-in-silico-antidiabetic-and-antimicrobial-evaluation-of-constituents-from-kickxia-ramosissima-nanorrhinum-ramosissimum
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Adnan Amin, Emmy Tuenter, Kenn Foubert, Jamhsed Iqbal, Paul Cos, Louis Maes, Vassiliki Exarchou, Sandra Apers, Luc Pieters
Background and Aims:Kickxia ramosissima (Wall.) Janch (or Nanorrhinum ramosissimum (Wall.) Betsche is a well-known medicinal plant in Pakistan that is traditionally used in diabetic and inflammatory conditions. Because little information is available on its phytochemical composition, a range of constituents were isolated and evaluated in vitro in assays related to the traditional use. Methods: Dried whole plant material was extracted and chromatographically fractionated. Isolated constituents were evaluated in silico and in vitro in assays related to the traditional use against diabetes (inhibition of α-glucosidase activity; inhibition of advanced glycation endproducts) and in inflammatory conditions (inhibition of AAPH induced linoleic acid peroxidation, inhibition of 15-LOX, antimicrobial activity)...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500983/night-sleep-influences-white-matter-microstructure-in-bipolar-depression
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Francesco Benedetti, Elisa M T Melloni, Sara Dallaspezia, Irene Bollettini, Clara Locatelli, Sara Poletti, Cristina Colombo
BACKGROUND: Alteration of circadian rhythms and sleep disruption are prominent trait-like features of bipolar disorder (BD). Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) measures suggest a widespread alteration of white matter (WM) microstructure in patients with BD. Sleep promotes myelination and oligodendrocyte precursor cells proliferation. We hypothesized a possible association between DTI measures of WM microstructure and sleep quantity measures in BD. METHODS: We studied 69 inpatients affected by a depressive episode in course of type I BD...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498898/spatial-asymmetry-and-short-term-suppression-underlie-direction-selectivity-of-synaptic-excitation-in-the-mouse-visual-cortex
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Ya-Tang Li, Qi Fang, Li I Zhang, Huizhong Whit Tao
Direction selectivity (DS) of neuronal responses is fundamental for motion detection. With in vivo whole-cell voltage-clamp recordings from layer (L)4 neurons in the mouse visual cortex, we observed a strong correlation between DS and spatial asymmetry in the distribution of excitatory input strengths. This raises an interesting possibility that the latter may contribute to DS. The preferred direction of excitatory input was found from the stronger to weaker side of its spatial receptive field. A simple linear summation of asymmetrically distributed excitatory responses to stationary flash stimuli however failed to predict the correct directionality: it at best resulted in weak DS with preferred direction opposite to what was observed experimentally...
May 11, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495603/ethnopharmacological-uses-phytochemistry-biological-activities-and-therapeutic-applications-of-clinacanthus-nutans-burm-f-lindau-a-comprehensive-review
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Muhamad Noor Alfarizal Kamarudin, Md Moklesur Rahman Sarker, Habsah Abdul Kadir, Long Chiau Ming
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Clinacanthus nutans (Burm. f.) Lindau, a widely used medicinal plant, is extensively grown in tropical Asia and Southeast Asian countries. C. nutans, with its broad spectrum of pharmacological activities, has been traditionally used to treat cancer, inflammatory disorders, diabetes, insect bites, and skin problems, consumed as a vegetable, mixed with fresh juices, in concoctions, and as a whole plant. The present review analyzes the advances in the ethnopharmacology, phytochemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology of C...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494861/excitatory-microcircuits-within-superficial-layers-of-the-medial-entorhinal-cortex
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Jochen Winterer, Nikolaus Maier, Christian Wozny, Prateep Beed, Jörg Breustedt, Roberta Evangelista, Yangfan Peng, Tiziano D'Albis, Richard Kempter, Dietmar Schmitz
The distinctive firing pattern of grid cells in the medial entorhinal cortex (MEC) supports its role in the representation of space. It is widely believed that the hexagonal firing field of grid cells emerges from neural dynamics that depend on the local microcircuitry. However, local networks within the MEC are still not sufficiently characterized. Here, applying up to eight simultaneous whole-cell recordings in acute brain slices, we demonstrate the existence of unitary excitatory connections between principal neurons in the superficial layers of the MEC...
May 9, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494812/whole-blood-gene-expression-in-adolescent-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-an-exploratory-cross-sectional-study-suggesting-altered-b-cell-differentiation-and-survival
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Chinh Bkrong Nguyen, Lene Alsøe, Jessica M Lindvall, Dag Sulheim, Even Fagermoen, Anette Winger, Mari Kaarbø, Hilde Nilsen, Vegard Bruun Wyller
BACKGROUND: Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a prevalent and disabling condition affecting adolescents. The pathophysiology is poorly understood, but immune alterations might be an important component. This study compared whole blood gene expression in adolescent CFS patients and healthy controls, and explored associations between gene expression and neuroendocrine markers, immune markers and clinical markers within the CFS group. METHODS: CFS patients (12-18 years old) were recruited nation-wide to a single referral center as part of the NorCAPITAL project...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489932/camkii%C3%AE-may-modulate-fentanyl-induced-hyperalgesia-via-a-celc-pag-rvm-spinal-cord-descending-facilitative-pain-pathway-in-rats
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Zhen Li, Pingping Yin, Jian Chen, Shenglan Jin, Jieqiong Liu, Fang Luo
Each of the lateral capsular division of central nucleus of amygdala(CeLC), periaqueductal gray (PAG), rostral ventromedial medulla(RVM) and spinal cord has been proved to contribute to the development of opioid-induced hyperalgesia(OIH). Especially, Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase IIα (CaMKIIα) in CeLC and spinal cord seems to play a key role in OIH modulation. However, the pain pathway through which CaMKIIα modulates OIH is not clear. The pathway from CeLC to spinal cord for this modulation was explored in the present study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489663/use-dependent-inhibition-of-glycine-activated-chloride-current-in-rat-neurons-by-%C3%AE-amyloid-peptide-pretreated-with-hexafluoroisopropanol
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Elena I Solntseva, Julia V Bukanova
Hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP) is a nonpolar organic solvent that is often used to prepare β-amyloid peptide (Aβ) samples. In this work, we compare the effects of two different species derived from synthetic Aβ1-42 and prepared without HFIP (Aβ) or using HFIP (Aβ/HFIP) on the glycine-activated chloride current (IGly). The experiments were conducted on the pyramidal neurons isolated from CA3 region of rat hippocampus. Transmembrane currents were recorded using a conventional patch-clamp technique in the whole-cell configuration...
May 5, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489460/a-preliminary-study-in-the-alterations-of-mitochondrial-respiration-in-patients-with-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-measured-in-blood-cells
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David H Jang, Matthew Kelly, Kevin Hardy, David S Lambert, Frances S Shofer, David M Eckmann
OBJECTIVES: Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless gas responsible for poisoning mortality and morbidity in the United States. At this time, there is no reliable method to predict the severity of poisoning or clinical prognosis following CO exposure. Whole blood cells, such as peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and platelets, have been explored for their potential use to act as sensitive biomarkers for mitochondrial dysfunction which may have a role in CO poisoning. DESIGN: The objective of this study was to measure mitochondrial respiration using intact cells obtained from patients exposed to CO as a potential biomarker for mitochondrial inhibition with results that can be obtained in a time frame useful for guiding clinical care...
July 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488959/temperature-dependent-haemolytic-propensity-of-cpda-1-stored-red-blood-cells-vs-whole-blood-red-cell-fragility-as-donor-signature-on-blood-units
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Vassilis L Tzounakas, Alkmini T Anastasiadi, Dimitrios G Karadimas, Redisa A Zeqo, Hara T Georgatzakou, Olga D Pappa, Olga A Papatzitze, Konstantinos E Stamoulis, Issidora S Papassideri, Marianna H Antonelou, Anastasios G Kriebardis
BACKGROUND: To preserve cellular integrity and avoid bacterial growth, storage and transfer of blood and blood products follow strict guidelines in terms of temperature control. We evaluated the impact of ineligible warming of whole blood donations on the quality of blood components. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One-hundred and twenty units of whole blood (WB) from eligible blood donors were collected in CPDA-1 and stored at 4±2 °C. During shipment to the blood processing centre, a gradual warming up to 17 °C was recorded within a period of less than eight hours...
April 10, 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483393/activation-of-5-ht7-receptors-reverses-nmda-r-dependent-ltd-by-activating-pka-in-medial-vestibular-neurons
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Yan-Hai Li, Lei Han, Kenneth Lap-Kei Wu, Ying-Shing Chan
The medial vestibular nucleus (MVN) is a major output station for neurons that project to the vestibulo-spinal pathway. MVN neurons show capacity for long-term depression (LTD) during the juvenile period. We investigated LTD of MVN neurons using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings. High frequency stimulation (HFS) robustly induced LTD in 90% of type B neurons in the MVN, while only 10% of type A neurons were responsive, indicating that type B neurons are the major contributors to LTD in the MVN. The neuromodulator serotonin (5-HT) is known to modulate LTD in neural circuits of the cerebral cortex and the hippocampus...
May 5, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479338/effects-of-experimental-traumatic-brain-injury-and-impaired-glutamate-transport-on-cortical-spreading-depression
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Mahshid Sadat Hosseini-Zare, Feng Gu, Ahmad Abdulla, Simon Powell, Jokūbas Žiburkus
Cortical spreading depression (CSD) is associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, migraines, and seizures. Typically, following TBIs and other insults, neuronal excitability in and around the area of the injury is affected, with reported increases in local glutamate signaling. Astrocytic glutamate transporters are critical for precise regulation of the extracellular glutamate availability. However, it remains unclear how impaired astrocytic glutamate transport or an acute TBI affect characteristics of the CSD...
May 4, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476947/prenatal-ethanol-exposure-persistently-alters-endocannabinoid-signaling-and-endocannabinoid-mediated-excitatory-synaptic-plasticity-in-ventral-tegmental-area-dopamine-neurons
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Kathryn Hausknecht, Ying-Ling Shen, Rui-Xiang Wang, Samir Haj-Dahmane, Roh-Yu Shen
Prenatal ethanol exposure (PE) leads to increased addiction risk which could be mediated by enhanced excitatory synaptic strength in ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine (DA) neurons. Previous studies have shown that PE enhances excitatory synaptic strength by facilitating an anti-Hebbian form of long-term potentiation (LTP). In this study, we investigated the effect of PE on endocannabinoid-mediated long-term depression (eCB-LTD) in VTA DA neurons. Rats were exposed to moderate (3 g/kg/day) or high (6 g/kg/day) level of ethanol during gestation...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475556/high-concentrations-of-tranexamic-acid-inhibit-ionotropic-glutamate-receptors
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Irene Lecker, Dian-Shi Wang, Kirusanthy Kaneshwaran, C David Mazer, Beverley A Orser
BACKGROUND: The antifibrinolytic drug tranexamic acid is structurally similar to the amino acid glycine and may cause seizures and myoclonus by acting as a competitive antagonist of glycine receptors. Glycine is an obligatory co-agonist of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) subtype of glutamate receptors. Thus, it is plausible that tranexamic acid inhibits NMDA receptors by acting as a competitive antagonist at the glycine binding site. The aim of this study was to determine whether tranexamic acid inhibits NMDA receptors, as well as α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid and kainate subtypes of ionotropic glutamate receptors...
May 5, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472301/new-gain-of-function-mutation-shows-cacna1d-as-recurrently-mutated-gene-in-autism-spectrum-disorders-and-epilepsy
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Alexandra Pinggera, Luisa Mackenroth, Andreas Rump, Jens Schallner, Filippo Beleggia, Bernd Wollnik, Jörg Striessnig
CACNA1D encodes the pore-forming α1-subunit of Cav1.3, an L-type voltage-gated Ca2+-channel. Despite the recent discovery of two de novo missense gain-of-function mutations in Cav1.3 in two individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability CACNA1D has not been considered a prominent ASD-risk gene in large scale genetic analyses, since such studies primarly focus on likely-disruptive genetic variants. Here we report the discovery and characterization of a third de novo missense mutation in CACNA1D (V401L) in a patient with ASD and epilepsy...
May 4, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
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